June 23, 2008
The Medical Reserve Corps, sponsored by the office of the U.S. Surgeon General, is an organization of public health, medical, and other volunteers dedicated to the health and safety of communities across the nation.
Information provided by the
Medical Reserve Corps on their website said MRC units are community-based
and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers
who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and
respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout
the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public
Ketchikan is establishing its own chapter of the Medical Reserve Corps. Hosting the Western Region Conference provides the opportunity to network with MRC volunteers throughout the Pacific Northwest. In the event of a statewide, regional or community disaster, Northwest MRC volunteers would come to aid providing medical and disaster assistance. The main goal of the Ketchikan chapter is Emergency Preparedness, followed by collaboration with community partners. The community partners program is still being developed.
The Western Region Conference is made possible through the support of the Ketchikan Fire Department, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, Ketchikan Public Health, Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Health, and many individual volunteers.
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